on 10, Mar 2015

The Indian automobile industry has become quite competitive in last few years. Despite the slow growth the industry has witnessed, the makers have been able to bring in new products and have done pretty well. In the first two months of this calendar year, we saw as many as 7 new car launches – Datsun GO+, Tata Bolt, New Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, 2015 Hyundai Verna, 2015 VW Jetta, BMW i8 Plug-in Hybrid and 2015 Maruti Swift Dzire. In the third month too, four new launches are lined up.

2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Facelift

The first product to be launched on the 11th of this month is the updated Mercedes-Benz B-Class. On the outside, the vehicle gets new bumpers and LED daytime running head-lamps integrated into the cluster. While the exterior updates are minimal, the cabin receives some significant updates like metal inserts, red stitching on the steering and seats, and carbon fibre finished dashboard. That said, there will be no mechanical changes made to the car. You can expect the car to be priced at Rs.29 lakh – Rs.30 lakh.

Hyundai i20 Active

Buoyed by the success of the new i20, Hyundai India is now all set to launch the crossover version of the car in the Indian market on the 17th of March. To be called the i20 Active, the vehicle shares its underpinnings with its hatchback sibling. Though to give it a crossover-like appearance, the company has added plastic cladding all over the body, increased its ground clearance and made some changes to the front, rear and interiors of the car.

The front-fascia of the car gets a new skid plate, new bumper with large fog lamps, projector head-lights with daytime running lamps etc. The rear profile too receives quite a few changes like new bumper with circular reflectors and silver skid plate. The vehicle also gets a roof spoiler, roof rails and bigger alloy wheels. You can expect the car to be priced at Rs.6 lakh.

MINI Cooper S

BMW India that had launched the new-generation of the MINI 3-door and 5-door in India in November 2014, is now planning to launch the more powerful S trim of the car in the 3rd week this month. Powering this vehicle is a four-cylinder TwinPower turbo petrol engine that is good for 189bhp and 280Nm. This engine will come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Expect the price to be about Rs.40 lakh.

Renault Lodgy MPV

Renault India that has already unveiled the official picture of its upcoming 7-seater MPV – the Lodgy – is now planning to launch it here by the end of this month. The MPV is likely to share its underpinning with other Renault products that are on sale in India. The vehicle will use the same 1.5-litre, 84bhp diesel that powers the Duster. Whereas, the petrol engine could be the Scala’s 1.5-litre, 98bhp engine. Expected price range for the Lodgy: Rs. 6.50 – 9 lakh.


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